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Judge refuses to enjoin state campaign finance laws

HELENA — A federal judge has blocked a Helena nonprofit group’s attempt to prevent Montana’s political practices commissioner, attorney general and a Lewis and Clark County attorney from enforcing state campaign-finance laws.

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4th outside group throws money at state Supreme Court race

4th outside group throws money at state Supreme Court race

HELENA — A conservative political group launched TV and radio ads attacking Supreme Court Justice Mike Wheat on Thursday, becoming the fourth outside group spending to influence the outcome of the campaign between Wheat and his challenger, former state solicitor Lawrence VanDyke.

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Navy hasn’t released Zinke’s records yet

Navy hasn’t released Zinke’s records yet

HELENA — The U.S. Navy has not yet responded to a formal request sent Sept. 1 by House Republican candidate Ryan Zinke for copies of his military personnel records covering his 23-year-career as a Navy SEAL, his campaign said Wednesday.

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Senate debate

Senate debate

U.S. Rep. Steve Daines, R-Mont., left, and Democrat Amanda Curtis, prepare to begin their second and final debate in Montana’s U.S. Senate race Tuesday night at the Richland County Fairgrounds Event Center in Sidney, before a packed house of 200 people.

October 22, 2014 6:18 am
Daines goes after Curtis’ oil infrastructure votes; bashes federal government

Daines goes after Curtis’ oil infrastructure votes; bashes federal government

SIDNEY – Republican U.S. Senate candidate Steve Daines, debating Democratic rival Amanda Curtis Tuesday night in the heart of eastern Montana’s oil patch, accused her of helping to kill a $35-million bill to fund public works in Montana communities overwhelmed by oil development.

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In final debate, House candidates spar on health care, military records

In final debate, House candidates spar on health care, military records

GREAT FALLS — Democratic House candidate John Lewis denied helping write the Affordable Care Act as an aide to Sen. Max Baucus, while Republican Ryan Zinke insisted he’s released all of the military personnel records in his possession and had a stellar record as a Navy SEAL.

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Tonight's Senate debate streamed live

Tonight's Senate debate streamed live

SIDNEY — Tonight’s second and final debate tonight between U.S. Senate candidates Amanda Curtis and Steve Daines, in Sidney, can be watched live via Internet streaming or heard on selected radio stations across the state.

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Daines ignores aggressive attacks from Curtis in first debate

Daines ignores aggressive attacks from Curtis in first debate

Democratic Senate candidate Amanda Curtis aggressively attacked her Republican opponent, Rep. Steve Daines, throughout their first debate Monday, while Daines mostly ignored her jabs and turned his criticism instead to President Barack Obama.

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Televised Senate debate Monday night

Televised Senate debate Monday night

U.S. Senate candidates Amanda Curtis and Steve Daines square off in Billings Monday in their only televised debate before the Nov. 4 election.

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Lewis, Zinke trade charges in debate

Lewis, Zinke trade charges in debate

HELENA — With the Nov. 4 election fast approaching, Democrat John Lewis and Republican Ryan Zinke disagreed often and accused each other of waffling on issues during a House debate in Kalispell on Sunday night.

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Curtis 'amused' by GOP depiction of her as anti-capitalism

Curtis 'amused' by GOP depiction of her as anti-capitalism

HELENA — Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Amanda Curtis doesn’t deny her sympathies for an obscure union with a radical past — the Industrial Workers of the World — and said she’s “amused” that the state Republican Party is labeling her a “communist” because of it.

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Democrats say they have good chance for gains in Legislature, but GOP thinks otherwise

Democrats say they have good chance for gains in Legislature, but GOP thinks otherwise

HELENA — In western Montana’s sprawling House District 92, Democratic candidate Dave Strohmaier says he’s knocked on doors from East Missoula to Condon, halfway up the Seeley-Swan Valley.

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A look at selected key legislative races in Montana this year

HELENA — Two dozen key legislative races on Nov. 4 will help determine party control of the 2015 Montana Legislature, where Republicans currently hold a 29-21 edge in the Senate and a 61-39 majority in the House.

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Sen. Walsh looks back, and to the future – and says he has `no regrets’

Sen. Walsh looks back, and to the future – and says he has `no regrets’

HELENA — As John Walsh looks toward his final weeks as a U.S. senator, he says he has “no regrets” about his aborted run as Senate candidate — and that he still has some work to do as an officeholder.

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Supreme court clerk proposes naming museum after Betty Babcock

Supreme court clerk proposes naming museum after Betty Babcock

HELENA — Supreme Court Clerk Ed Smith said he will seek support for legislation to name the proposed Montana Heritage Center after former First Lady Betty Babcock.

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U.S. Senate candidate Amanda Curtis releases 1st TV ad

U.S. Senate candidate Amanda Curtis releases 1st TV ad

HELENA — Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Amanda Curtis, who’s been in the race just nine weeks, put up her first TV ad Thursday — less than three weeks before the Nov. 4 election.

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Walsh files final fundraising report; raised $2.65M

Walsh files final fundraising report; raised $2.65M

HELENA — U.S. Sen. John Walsh, who suspended his campaign two months ago, filed his final fundraising report this week, showing he raised a total of nearly $3 million — and had spent all but $119,000 through September.

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Supreme Court asked to intervene in political practices complaint

HELENA — A Bozeman woman has asked the Montana Supreme Court to order the state political practices commissioner to investigate a complaint he dismissed that alleged a Supreme Court justice improperly donated money to a Democratic legislator in 2010.

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Zinke raises more in last quarter than Lewis has in entire campaign

Zinke raises more in last quarter than Lewis has in entire campaign

HELENA — Republican U.S. House candidate Ryan Zinke raised more money over the past three months than Democrat John Lewis has collected in his entire campaign.

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Lewis outlines priorities for veterans

Lewis outlines priorities for veterans

HELENA — Democratic House candidate John Lewis on Wednesday released a series of policy priorities for veterans that he said he will support if he’s elected.

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Zinke wants federal land decisions OK'd by local government

Zinke wants federal land decisions OK'd by local government

HELENA — Republican House candidate Ryan Zinke said Wednesday he will work to restore access to public roads and require local government officials to sign off on federal land management decisions before they’re implemented.

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Groups working hard to keep same-day voter registration

HELENA — Progressive groups are putting money and shoe leather into defeating a Republican-sponsored ballot measure that would end Election Day voter registration in Montana.

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AD WATCH: Lewis ad attacks Zinke's second amendment record

AD WATCH: Lewis ad attacks Zinke's second amendment record

Ad content: The ad starts out with a photo of a Montana river scene. It then shows both Democratic House candidate Lewis and his opponent Ryan Zinke, separated by a diagonal line. Lewis disappears from the ad and the other panel has writing to make the same arguments against Zinke as the nar…

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AD WATCH: Zinke ad attacks Lewis' stance on gun control

AD WATCH: Zinke ad attacks Lewis' stance on gun control

This 30-second spot by Republican U.S. House race began airing on Montana TV stations on Oct. 7 and continues to run.

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GOP legislators ask whether early childhood program is a wise investment

GOP legislators ask whether early childhood program is a wise investment

HELENA — Republican state lawmakers who track education policy said Monday they have many questions about Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock's plan for state-funded preschool — including whether it's the best use of state education dollars.

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Justice Wheat cites legal, personal experiences

Justice Wheat cites legal, personal experiences

HELENA — Supreme Court Justice Mike Wheat points to his years of legal experience as the chief reason to elect him to a full eight-year term on the Montana Supreme Court.

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U.S. Senate candidate Steve Daines on major issues

U.S. Senate candidate Steve Daines on major issues

HELENA — Republican Steve Daines is opposing Democrat Amanda Curtis and Libertarian Roger Roots in the race for Montana’s open U.S. Senate seat. His stands on major issues include:

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Candidate’s donkey symbol draws complaint

HELENA — An Independent legislative candidate from Missoula said his Democratic opponent’s mailers display an image of a bucking horse, instead of a donkey as required by law.

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Hollenbaugh, Johnson tangle in only contested PSC race

Hollenbaugh, Johnson tangle in only contested PSC race

HELENA — Democrat Galen Hollenbaugh, running for the Public Service Commission in western Montana’s District 5, says it’s not easy to engage voters on the obscure race — but this year he’s finding a spark of interest.

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War College strips Sen. John Walsh of graduate status

War College strips Sen. John Walsh of graduate status

HELENA — The U.S. Army War College on Friday revoked Sen. John Walsh’s master’s degree after its investigation concluded that he had plagiarized his final paper in 2007.

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VanDyke cites experience, criticizes Wheat as result-oriented

VanDyke cites experience, criticizes Wheat as result-oriented

HELENA — Lawrence VanDyke said he’s running for the Montana Supreme Court because he believes his opponent, Justice Mike Wheat, often writes decisions driven by the results he wants to achieve, rather than following the law.

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GOP state Senate candidates say Democratic Party mailers are inaccurate smear attempts

GOP state Senate candidates say Democratic Party mailers are inaccurate smear attempts

HELENA — The Montana Democratic Party has sent campaign mailers attacking Republican candidates in two key state Senate races — and the GOP targets say the mailers are grossly misleading or false.

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Daines chats with Bjorn Nabozney

Daines chats with Bjorn Nabozney

Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Daines talks business with Big Sky Brewing Co. co-owner Bjorn Nabozney, left, at the brewery’s Missoula plant on a recent campaign swing. 

October 08, 2014 9:00 am
Daines sniffs beer barrels

Daines sniffs beer barrels

Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Daines, the favorite to win Montana’s open U.S. Senate seat, takes a sniff of beer at the Big Sky Brewing Co. in Missoula as co-owner Bjorn Nabozney looks on.  

October 08, 2014 8:57 am
Steve Daines talks with Barbara Crawford and Pamela Dylina

Steve Daines talks with Barbara Crawford and Pamela Dylina

Republican U.S. Senate candidate and Montana Congressman Steve Daines talks with Barbara Crawford of Columbia Falls and Pamela Dylina of Lakeside, right, members of the Patriot Guard Riders, who attended a ceremony at the Florence Hotel building in Missoula last week where Daines handed out …

October 08, 2014 8:51 am
3rd-party money coming into Supreme Court race

3rd-party money coming into Supreme Court race

HELENA — A national Republican group began running a TV ad in Montana Tuesday as part of an independent expenditure campaign in support of Lawrence VanDyke, a nonpartisan candidate for the state Supreme Court, and against his opponent, Justice Mike Wheat.

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Some cities' employees using state-employee health clinics, other counties considering it

HELENA — Nearly 400 Butte-Silver Bow employees soon will have access to a free, state-run health clinic in Butte — but they’re not the first local government workers with access to the state clinics.

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New state-employee health clinic in Butte will cover city-county employees

HELENA — A new state-employee health clinic is opening in Butte next month to serve workers in Butte, Anaconda and Deer Lodge, prompting some local private health care providers to raise concerns about unfair competition.

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Herbert challenging Rice for Supreme Court

Herbert challenging Rice for Supreme Court

HELENA — Montana Supreme Court candidate W. David Herbert of Billings said he decided to challenge veteran Justice Jim Rice for the court after reading the justice’s opinion in a 2013 case.

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U.S. Senate candidate Amanda Curtis’ stands on major issues

HELENA — Democrat Amanda Curtis is opposing Republican Steve Daines and Libertarian Roger Roots in the race for Montana’s open U.S. Senate seat. Her stands on major issues include:  

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Curtis: 'Regular people' can still overcome adversity, become political leaders

Curtis: 'Regular people' can still overcome adversity, become political leaders

Editor's note: A profile of Republican Senate candidate Steve Daines will run next Sunday.

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Lewis, Zinke debate federal budget, health care, global warming

Lewis, Zinke debate federal budget, health care, global warming

HELENA — U.S. House candidates John Lewis and Ryan disagreed sharply over balancing the federal budget, the Affordable Care Act and global warming in a debate in Bozeman on Saturday night.

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Libertarian Fellows seeks U.S. House seat

Libertarian Fellows seeks U.S. House seat

HELENA — Mike Fellows said he’s running for the U.S. House for three reasons: to try to balance the federal budget, reduce the federal debt and protect Second Amendment gun rights.

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Bullock says he hopes China trade mission yields contracts

Bullock says he hopes China trade mission yields contracts

HELENA — Gov. Steve Bullock on Friday called his recent trade mission to China a success and one that he hopes will yield future contracts with Montana businesses.

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House candidate Lewis unveils public lands platform

House candidate Lewis unveils public lands platform

HELENA — House Democratic candidate John Lewis released his sportsmen’s and public lands platform Thursday that he said shows a clear contrast with the positions of his opponent, Ryan Zinke.

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Amanda Curtis

Amanda Curtis

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Amanda Curtis speaks with labor representatives at the Union Hall in downtown Missoula, on a recent campaign swing through western Montana. Curtis, a high school math teacher from Butte who became the Democratic nominee just seven weeks ago, faces an uphill b…

October 02, 2014 9:51 am
Amanda Curtis and Donna Mollica

Amanda Curtis and Donna Mollica

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Amanda Curtis, right, shares a laugh with supporter Donna Mollica of Arlee at a dinner and fundraiser at the Arlee Community Fitness Center. Curtis, nominated as the Democratic candidate just seven weeks ago, faces an uphill battle against Republican U.S. Rep…

October 01, 2014 4:58 pm
Amanda Curtis and Joe McDonald

Amanda Curtis and Joe McDonald

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Amanda Curtis of Butte, speaks with Joe McDonald, Salish Kootenai College’s founder and president emeritus, during a campaign stop in Pablo.

October 01, 2014 4:58 pm
Amanda Curtis and Brian Lipscomb

Amanda Curtis and Brian Lipscomb

At the Kerr Dam overlook on a recent campaign swing through western Montana, Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Amanda Curtis talks energy policy with Brian Lipscomb, CEO of Energy Keepers Inc., the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes’ entity that will operate the dam beginning in 2015. 

October 01, 2014 4:58 pm

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